Why do the government keep on coming up with daft policies? This just sexifies smoking. Tell young people that it's something so badass that it can't be displayed, so why buy in the shops when you can buy on a market? On a street corner? From a Car Boot?
So has this actually happened in England now? It seems a strange move to me, it's not as though a non-smoker would walk into a supermarket, see the cigarettes and think 'oh i'll just start smoking now'.
This actually has really annoyed me. On the odd occasion that I'll think to myself "I fancy some Chesterfield Blues" (I prefer them to Reds) instead of buying baccy, I now can't see if they actually have any Chesterfields there. So then the clerk has to take the time to open the screen, look for said cigarette carton, close the screen, and get back to me all whilst there's a cue forming behind me. Which doesn't do much for my social anxiety.
If there was no screen, all of that would become irrelevant if they don't have any in.
It also means I have to queue up just to ask them if they have the brand I'm after, which turns out to be a waste of my time if they don't.
The two are not comparable at all. Alcohol is nowhere near as addictive as tobacco and doesnt cause as many deaths, either. Many enjoy a drink sensibly. Much much less people enjoy the odd fag every now and again. The huge majority are addicted to smoking astonishingly.
They seem to think everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. They must do to put it on the same level as tobacco.
Just misguided religious propaganda, very typical.